What a team
Posted: 14th October 2012
Well, what a week that was at Medinah!
The result was nothing short of amazing and the team put on the show of a lifetime on Sunday. After having a 10 - 6 score line against us at the close of play on Saturday it was going to be an uphill struggle but the inspirational words and wholehearted belief of Jose Maria gave us the magical result we were looking for. Not to mention the guys wearing the iconic Navy Blue and White that a certain Seve Ballesteros made his own.
To win those first five matches was absolutely critical and the guys lower down the playing order fed off the earlier matches and that's how we won the Cup!
A special mention to Rory who turned up at the course in a police car - a technical issue with time zones was the cause for confusion. Without a shot hit on the range he duly went on and won his match against Keegan Bradley! The captain presented him with an oversize clock to hang round his neck as a little reminder!
The buzz was amazing after Martin sunk the putt to tie and then when Francesco halved the last match against Woods all hell let loose because we had won! It was the most amazing atmosphere imaginable with the most incredible support from our wonderful wives and partners and not forgetting the European fans who had cheered us along every step of the way.
It was great to be a part of it and to turn things round away from home was a great team effort of which we're all very proud.
My great friend Jose-Maria was a brilliant captain as was my other great pal, David Love III and they both deserve major credit for their leadership. The victory celebrations were worthy of such an occasion and we partied like true champions!
Much is being said about the next Ryder Cup in Scotland at the moment and I'd just like to clarify that I have not been offered the Ryder Cup captaincy. This is decided by the committee in January 2013 and it would be a huge honour if I was asked.
That's about it for now. I'm off to China for a couple of weeks so I'll check in again soon. Cheers, Darren.
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